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Group urges Duterte to release much awaited coco levy fund

The controversial coconut levy fund amounting to P75 billion is still yet to reach the hands of the coconut farmers four decades since they were scammed by the Philippine government.

This, even if the release of the funds was one of the campaign promises of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Pangakong ibabalik sa maliliit na magniniyog ang COCO LEVY FUND sa loob ng 100 araw mula sa unang araw ng pagkaluklok ni Duterte sa pwesto nauwi lang din sa wala,” Asia-Pacific Network for Food Sovereignty (APNFS) said.

APNFS said the farmers thought Duterte would fulfill this promise immediately and are still hoping until now.

“Akala ng mga magniniyog ay nakatagpo na sila ng kakampi kay Duterte na nakipagpirmahan pa sa kanila na ibabalik ‘nya ang coco levy fund sa mga magniniyog basta maluklok lang siyang Presidente. Gagawin daw niya ito 100 araw mula sa pagkaluklok niya sa pagkapresidente,” APNFS said.

“Natuwa at naniwala ang desperadong mga magniniyog sa pangakong ito kaya naman ang sagrado nilang boto ay ibinigay kay Digong. Pero ngayon, matapos ang 2 taong pagkaluklok niya sa pagkapresidente, ang pangakong Coco Levy Fund ay lalo ng nawala sa kamay ng mga magniniyog,” it added.

The group also emphasized how under the current proposal, the farmers will not really directly benefit from the funds’ release since it will go to a general fund meant to develop the coconut sector.



 

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